Apps are for Humans

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Empathy Lab believes that intuitive and engaging interfaces are designed with an in-depth understanding of your end-users' needs, behaviors, and motivations. Here is an overview of our behavioral research philosophy and methodology.

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2. Topics I. Behavior II. ContextUnderstanding Human BehaviorIII. Intent IV. Motivation`Design Research Methods &Applications V. Research VI. Analysis 3. I. Behavior Human-centered approaches to industrial and interaction design have long focused on studying human behavior to create informed and appropriate designs. Gentry Underwood Social Software: The other Design for Social Impact 4. Design needs to support human behavior 5. Technology needs to support Design 6. Intuitive design anticipates end-user behavior We need to observe behavior in order to support it in design Joshua Porter Behavior First, Design Second 7. II. Context 8. Behavior is influenced by environment 9. Humans do not live or work in a lab The lab is not a great place tostudy human behavior Labs are unfamiliar environments Lab machines have unfamiliar configurations Dont study their behavior in one 10. III. Intent 11. Humans use apps to complete tasksEnd-users engage with applicationsto complete tasksIf tasks are easy to perform, theapplication interface is intuitiveGood app design facilitates task completion 12. IV. Motivation 13. Emotions motivate actionsSuccessful Design creates emotional bonds. It isnt just fluff. The essential difference between reason and emotion is that reason leads to conclusions while emotion leads to actions.Neurologist Donald Calne 14. Heres how it works 15. V. ResearchCONTEXTDesign ResearchBehaviorCONTEXT Tasks (intent) MotivationCONTEXT 16. When do we conduct Research?1 2 3Discovery Design ValidationStrategy & Benchmarking Information Architecture Measurement & Optimization Stakeholder InterviewsTaxonomy & Information ArchitectureUsability Testing Competitive AnalysisUsage Scenarios & Task Flows Analytics & KPI Analytics & KPI Wireframe PrototypesResearch & Analysis Visual Design Qualitative Contextual Inquiry Persona & Mental Models PSDs/comps Design Validation Quantitative Survey StudyDevelopment & Testing Heuristic EvaluationHTML/CSS/etc. and QA TestingDesign Research 17. How do we conduct Research? 18. Planning for Research 1. Identifyresearch Assess gaps in knowledge objectives 2. Recruit Develop/deploy screenerstudyparticipants3. Develop Non-leading, open-ended a line of questions to prompt usersquestioningto perform key tasks 19. Recruiting for Research Recruit real end-users Avoid professional test takers Recruit on widely adopted platforms 20. Contextual Inquiry Empathy Labs Research Practice Maximize the time with end-users to inform thecontent, brand, information architecture, and design strategy. Empathy Lab conducts contextual interviews with end-users where they live, work, play, and, most importantly, where they are likely to interact with our clients brands. Conduct research with end users using a portable usability laband user-driven scenarios. Empathy Lab believes that the goal of any usability test is to measure how a participant would behave in a real-world environment, as opposed to an artificial lab setting. Use realistic prototypes in usability tests. Empathy Lab believes that having end-users interact with realistic design prototypes produces the most reliable and valid usability results. Although useful and practical in some cases, low-fidelity prototypes cannot ultimately ensure valid results and experience. 21. VI. Analysis IdentifyDevelop Design Taxonomy BehavioralBehavioral& Information TrendsPersonasArchitecture Cut across all Document behavioral Develop application personasdifferences in the form taxonomy to satisfy Have majorof personas mental models implications on Aggregate key tasks Identify existing overarching as mental model content that fulfills key architecturetasks, note gaps in content 22. VI. AnalysisTaskTaskContentContent Content MENTAL INFORMATION INTERACTIONPERSONAS MODELS ARCHITECTURE DESIGN 23. Empathy Lab is a digitalstrategy and execution firm that designs intuitive and engaging user interfaces. 24. Jonathan LupoSVP / Experience Design & Co-FounderProvides clients with Creative and User Experience strategyby gaining an in-depth understanding of their business andend-user needs.@userexperienceSERVICESEXPERIENCE Behavioral Research Empathy Lab Information Architecture R/GA Interaction Design (NYC) Creative Direction Euro RSCG Digital Strategy Masters Degree (ITP NYU)